October 13, 2020 Subject:
My 60th Show
Middle show started out with a bang with Saturday Night, and then a solid Cold Rain to help us cool off from the Sacramento sun. Even We Can Run was tight. Stagger Lee was really excellent, with a beautiful solo section from Jerry. Memphis Blues was about as good a version as you’re gonna hear. There seemed to be more technical difficulties with the keyboards (and maybe the bass) at this point, but Brent forged on with some interesting organ work on Row Jimmy. Let It Grow had a great jam after the first “I am...” section.
The real story was the first 1/2 of the 2nd set. Being an organ guy, I’m always thrilled when Pocky Way is in the set, and this version goes seamlessly into Playing. Again, tight. Then Playing melds right into Rider. Rider! I did some research, and this was only the 3rd time that I Know You Rider was played without China Cat since 1970. Changing it up definitely gave this old warhorse some much welcomed extra energy. Sparks fly. Then it’s followed by a massive Terrapin. After a 4 minute drums, just enough time for Jerry to have a smoke, he and Bobby are back out for some midi fun. The rest of the show maintains good energy and spirits. To end NFA, after singing acapella with the crowd for a full minute, the boys play backup singer for the crowd for another minute and a half. They just wanted to play. In classic Dead form, the wall between band and crowd was erased. US Blues rounded out this excellent show as upbeat as it started. Just fantastic!
April 6, 2018 Subject:
I sang a little while and then flew on.
July 31, 2009 Subject:
First, what a great sounding recording.
Secondly, this is the best Memphis Blues that I have heard so far. It all comes together.
If anyone knows of one better then post it here for me.
That Playin'/ Rider is damn sweet.
August 6, 2008 Subject:
"Grate" CM sound
These Charlie Miller upgrades really need more attention. outstanding crisp sounding board w/FOB AUD patches just where they're needed.
As for the show, the 2nd set is where it's at.
Pocky way thru Terrapin (!) alone is worth the 4 stars i'm giving this underappreciated 1989 gem.